July 2014

China FDA Signs MOU with US Laboratory to Promote Non-Animal Testing Methods in China

June 17, 2014
GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND – The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS) last week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Food and Drug Control (NIFDC), a subordinate agency of the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA). The two organizations will work collaboratively on a number of projects focused on cosmetic safety testing designed to promote in vitro (non-animal) techniques in China. In November 2013, IIVS held a week long training workshop at the NIFDC laboratory in Beijing to teach...

Predicting Ocular Irritation of Surfactants Using the Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability Assay

January 1, 2014
The Bovine Corneal Opacity and Permeability (BCOP) assay is an ex vivo test used to evaluate ocular irritation. According to the OECD Test Guideline (TG) 437, the BCOP assay can be used to identify chemicals which induce severe/corrosive eye irritation and those that do not require classification. However, BCOP has historically under-predicted certain anionic surfactants, when tested according to the standard liquid protocol. Since neither the basis for selecting the appropriate surfactant test methods, nor the justification for modifications are...